Austin’s Alex Napping, the guitar-pop outfit fronted by Alex Cohen, will release their forthcoming sophomore record Mise En Place on May 5 via Father/Daughter Records.
This week, the group shared the video for their visceral new single “Fault” which Alex Cohen says is “loosely about shouldering feelings of guilt and self-blame and the video expands on that theme by examining my personal struggle with an eating disorder,” and that the video is meant to create “a micro-world where my disorder and associated neurosis exist as removed from reality.”
Austin-based quartet Alex Napping draws from the deeply personal and the sonically groovy to create storytelling with a beat. Founded in 2013, the group includes lead singer and guitarist Alex Cohen, guitarist Adrian Sebastian Haynes, bassist Tomas Garcia-olano, and drummer Andrew Stevens.
In 2014, the band released their debut album, This Is Not A Bedroom, on Punctum Records. With a guitar-focused sound, this first release reflects nostalgia for early romance and self-discovery, drawing from collective conversations about youth and its limitations. As an expansion of the themes found in Bedroom, Alex Napping released Trembles Part I & II in 2016, a pair of expressive singles hinging on a short story composed by Cohen. Trembles caught the ear of both NPR and BBC Radio 1, earning featured spots on their respective SXSW coverage.
Mise En Place, the band’s upcoming sophomore full-length, weaves together the uncertainty of adulthood with a personal desire to establish existential structure. It also marks the band’s first release with San Francisco-based Father/Daughter Records. Revolving around a formative relationship, this album tells the story of Cohen’s conflicting roles as both person and partner while highlighting a sophisticated, dimensional sound from the band at large. In Mise En Place, arrangements take center stage, overwhelming the guitar-centric sound that had dominated their early releases. This new band dynamic comes together articulately in the album’s lead single, “Living Room.” Moody and honest, with tracks that express both joy and isolation, Mise En Place explores the struggle to evade traditionalism, define personal success, and balance the expectations of love.
Mise En Place is out May 5 on Father/Daughter Records. Pre-order here.